Padrone Italiano: Italian Heritage of St. Clair – West Toronto

Photographic Survey Corp, 1956The highly-industrialized and historic meatpacking district along St. Clair Avenue West anchored by the Ontario Stock Yards is seen in this aerial photo looking northeast from just east of Symes Road in 1956. Source: Photographic Survey Corporation (via the City of Toronto Archives).

Ian Wheal will be leading a heritage walk here in West Toronto on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 2 PM. Beginning at the corner of Keele Street and St. Clair Avenue West near where the main gate to the Ontario Stock Yards was once located, the walk will go down St. Clair towards Lambton. Participants are welcome to stay for as much of the walk as they’re interested in. It will explore the Italian Canadian history of the area, but will also cover the Stock Yards, packing houses, railways, businesses, and the history of food production in the area including bread and even wine.

The walk will focus on the era between 1871 and 1969. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the history of Toronto’s meatpacking district and the Ontario Stock Yards–a critical and fascinating part of West Toronto’s history. Ian Wheal is a member of the West Toronto Junction Historical Society. If you’d like to know more information about this interesting walk, leave a comment.

Padrone Italiano: Italian Heritage of St. Clair – West Toronto
May 20, 2012, 2:00 PM
Southwest corner of Keele Street and St. Clair Avenue West

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Padrone Italiano: Italian Heritage of St. Clair – West Toronto

Canada Packers in view, Archives of Ontario - Canada Packers Collection, 1960An aerial photo shows the highly-industrialized and historic meatpacking district along St. Clair Avenue West from Symes Road in the foreground (on left) to Keele Street (just out of view at the top right edge), anchored by the Ontario Stock Yards in 1960. Source: Archives of Ontario – Canada Packers Collection.

Ian Wheal will be leading a heritage walk here in West Toronto on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 2 PM. Beginning at the corner of Keele Street and St. Clair Avenue West near where the main gate to the Ontario Stock Yards was once located, the walk will go down St. Clair towards Lambton. Participants are welcome to stay for as much of the walk as they’re interested in. It will explore the Italian Canadian history of the area, but will also cover the Stock Yards, packing houses, railways, businesses, and the history of food production in the area including bread and even wine.

The walk will focus on the era between 1871 and 1969. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the history of Toronto’s meatpacking district and the Ontario Stock Yards–a critical and fascinating part of West Toronto’s history. Ian Wheal is a member of the West Toronto Junction Historical Society. If you’d like to know more information about this interesting walk, leave a comment.

Padrone Italiano: Italian Heritage of St. Clair – West Toronto
May 20, 2012, 2:00 PM
Southwest corner of Keele Street and St. Clair Avenue West

Redeveloping New York Pork – A Significant Time and Place in The Junction

With the ruins of the New York Pork slaughterhouse demolished last spring, the future of the property at 2306 St. Clair Avenue West is open for speculation. Officially, no plans have not yet been disclosed, but it is worth close consideration for anyone familiar with the area in the upper Junction. It is located on a major Toronto street which has recently been planned by the city to become a mixed-use main street. This plan, the result of the St. Clair Avenue West Land Use and Avenue Study, was formulated by the city of Toronto after consultations with residents and other local stakeholders in a series of meetings over one year. It envisions a walkable, built up area centred on St. Clair Avenue West similar to The Junction’s historic mixed-use area on Dundas Street West or Bloor West Village. The architecture, scale, public realm, and commercial activity will likely be different, giving the area a unique atmosphere. Yet the cohesive urban built form will be similar if the plan is embraced. Now ambiguously post-industrial and underdeveloped, there is potential in the area around for a vibrant, diverse, and beautiful district with the right development projects centred on St. Clair. Continue reading